Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… The needs around our world are staggering. Where do we begin? When do we get involved? Who should we support?
One year ago, we began a journey together as a movement of churches. After 40 years of humanitarian relief work through FAIR (Fellowship Aid and International Relief) via our Fellowship International ministry, we began the FAIR department in January 2015. This is an intentional attempt to give humanitarian relief, development and justice issues a greater profile in our movement. Our FAIR Director, Dan Shurr and FAIR Associate Director, Norman Nielsen, have been busy shaping the ministry and serving our local churches in humanitarian relief ministry.
I asked them to share a brief report on their first year as a new Fellowship National department, and the initiatives in which our local churches have been involved. I encourage you to read on and be encouraged:
“The first year of FAIR as a National department has seen God moving graciously through His people. We are pleased to report what has been accomplished through our partnerships.
In 2015, FAIR assisted ongoing projects in seven countries, including D.R. Congo, Pakistan, France, Philippines, Poland,Bulgaria and India. Thirty-eight of these projects were linked to Fellowship International personnel and their ministry.
Three special appeals were launched to support our missionaries throughout the year:
· Living Water Project (Honduras): a total of $52,957 was raised to drill a well on the Casa Hogar Children’s Home property.
· Redeeming a Community Project (D.R. Congo): a total of$54,888 was raised to provide a community centre from which to minister to poor and displaced people.
· Hearing is Believing (Colombia): a total of $36,396.46 was raised to assist in establishing a ministry to the 20,000 deaf population in Medellin.
A handful of emergency relief projects were launched with participation from Fellowship churches and donors:
· Nepal earthquake relief: $167,894
· Myanmar flood relief: $8,088
· Syrian refugee crisis: $100,669
· Honduras flood relief: $3,705
We are excited about our new partnership formed late in 2015 with International Justice Mission Canada (https://www.ijm.ca/yourkingdomcome), and look forward to the completion of the “Your Kingdom Come” video teaching series.
There is so much to be grateful for in reflection of God’s provision, and much to look forward to as we pray and seek to do our part to alleviate human suffering and social injustice in our world.
Thank you for your generous giving!”
Thank you Dan, Norman and Denise (Exec. Assistant) for your servant leadership this past year. I’m very grateful to the many Fellowship churches and donors who desire to be a “cup of cold water” to those in desperate need. My prayer is that hundreds of our churches and thousands of our donors will get more involved in humanitarian, development and justice issues in 2016 and beyond.
Have a blessed week,